Mending the towpath

  |  Published: Sep 25th 2014
men at work
The Canal and River Trust has started work on rebuilding the towpath from the start of the Wendover Arm, near Bankside.

On Wednesday 24 September 2014, the Canal and River Trust started work on rebuilding the towpath from the start of the Wendover Arm, near Bankside.

The method they are using involves driving two rows of wooden stakes along what will be the new edge. A bundle of coir, gripped by hessian netting, is placed between the stakes. Biodegradable nylon ties connect the bundles. the space between the eroding bank and the new edge will be filled with stone. Plant seeds will germinate in the coir and make the edge strong.

The water level has dropped from 180 on Tuesday 22 July this year to 140 on Thursday 25 September.  It is still high because of the vegetation growth further down the Arm encouraged by warm weather in Spring. A contractor will remove this later in the Autumn and the water level will drop.

On Friday 3 October the back filling process started to restore the towpath which had been washed away.

By Saturday 11 October that part of the job appeared to have been completed.  Work will continue to the end of this year. 

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